I am having a bit of trouble in the Provide Care for Babies and Toddlers unit (CHCECE005).
The question is:
Discuss the importance of feeding babies individually rather than in large group formations.
I don't exactly have an answer yet as I'm a bit confused about this, in my student workbook it says "Babies and toddlers should be fed individually rather than in large group formations or at tables in one group or set up in high chairs in a row. These types of meal times do not foster the language, self help skills or positive psychological development that meal times and snack times should help develop in babies and toddlers."
My experience so far kind of contradicts this, I am doing my traineeship but I'm 10 months in and in those 10 months I have actually worked in 2 different centres, the first centre I worked at in the babies room (0-1yr) the babies were put in highchairs, most of them at the same time as per their routine, however the high chairs were never set up in a row, they were set up in a semi circle fashion which allowed the babies to look at each other and share interactions, each baby that needed to be fed by an educator was done one-on-one but other than that they were fed as a group. The centre that I currently work at I am working in the babies room (0-2yrs) however because of the age, some of the children are in highchairs and some at a table, on a usual day we have 4 children sitting at the table 2 on each side and they eat meals/snacks together and interact during this time, at the same time there are 4 younger babies in the high chairs that again are set in a semi circle fashion they are all over 1 year old and are pretty good with feeding themselves but we do assist when needed, all of the babies interact with other and the educators too. The same goes for the toddler room (2-3yrs) the toddlers all sit the table together, this is actually 3 tables set up as one but laid out so each child can see each other. I fail to see how "these type of meal times do not foster the language, self help skills or positive psychological development that meal times and snack times should help develop in babies and toddlers.
Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you in advance.